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Big Match Preview: Stevenage v Carlisle

19 January 2018

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All the vital info...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are available at advance prices until 5pm in the club shop on Friday, or midnight at borotickets.co.uk.

Matchday tickets are also available from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for both Stevenage and Carlisle supporters.

Check out our First Time Guide, aimed at providing all the vital information for first time home AND away supporters.

Bringing an U12 for the First Time? Please let us know.

Cumbrians - take a look at our Away Fans section of the website ahead of tomorrow's game.

Make sure you are in place for the start of the game in order to give our new all-time appearance holder, Ronnie Henry, a rousing reception ahead of kick-off.

We will also be remembering the life of Cyrille Regis with a one minute applause, who sadly passed away earlier this week.

Although the North Terrace is now closed in the main, Wheelchair Disabled supporters will still be able to use the wheelchair bay for this fixture.

Look out for our new Astute Family Challenge at half-time… All the details here.

Continue your player sticker collection this weekend with two stickers supplied with every matchday programme. Make sure you buy a copy of our Sticker Poster too, which has the sticker poster included.

The Broadhall Suite will only be open to both home and away fans from midday.

The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday through until kick-off.

Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

Get to the game with our Arriva Shuttle Bus service which runs from the Bus and Railway Station to The Lamex Stadium for just £1.50 return.

The bus leaves the stations at 12:54, 13:19, 13:44, 14:09 & 14:34 before the game and then at 16:40, 17:00, 17:20 & 17:45 from the stadium.

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

  • Onto the game…

Defeat at Reading in midweek hasn't put the dampners on an encouraging spell of form for Darren Sarll's side as of late.

After a run of eight straight defeats on the road, a dramatic late goal at Morecambe last Saturday helped stop the rot to earn a deserved point.

At home, a much more positive run of nine without defeat is bringing back that familiar feeling of strength at the Lamex Stadium.

Our last two league games on home soil have seen a 9-2 aggregate score in favour of the Super Boro, due to comprehensive wins over Chesterfield (5-1) and Cheltenham (4-1).

Carlisle have had a similar season to Stevenage and sit just 3 points ahead in the table. 

Interestingly, the Cumbrians have a better away record than at home, with 6 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats.

Saturday's visitors were also knocked out of the FA Cup in midweek, losing 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.

With both team's not where they want to be, tomorrow's game could be crucial for the trajectory of both sides going forward.

  • Team news…

After a gruelling 90 minutes at Reading on Tuesday, their are bound to be sore bodies at Bragbury End as the team have been in recovery mode for the past 48 hours.

Jamie Gray and Chris Whelpdale were the only two players carrying injuries prior to the midweek game though, so the manager should have plenty of options.

  • View from both camps...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll...

“The players are not proud of their work on Tuesday, but they are certainly less disappointed than I thought they would be this morning.

“So I think they are going to take a lot of belief from the chances we created against Morecambe and then obviously against Reading.

“But the supporters are massive for us at The Lamex. They really give us that kick and I think the players just enjoy the dimensions of the ground and the tightness of it, because we like to press.

“The goals we have scored in recent games give us that added belief that we can do that whenever we are at home."

Carlisle boss, Keith Curle...

“I think it’ll be a tight encounter. It’ll be very similar to what they did when they came up here. They’ll try to box off the midfield and they’ll look to be competitive.

“I’d expect to see their wide midfield players playing narrow, so they can try to land on second balls and get dominance in that area.

“As ever, we’ll have to do things properly. They’ll look to dictate the pace so we’ll need to compete and make sure we protect and use the ball well when we have it.

"Like us they’re well placed for a push up the table and they aren’t an easy club to go and play."

  • Previous meetings...

Carlisle have had the better of the Boro in recent years - even at the Lamex - with the Cumbrians coming away with narrow wins on their last two trips here.

Overall, the head-to-head record doesn't make good reading for Stevenage fans - 8 defeats, 3 draws and 5 wins.

However, goals from Ben Kennedy and Tom Pett back in September made all the difference as the Super Boro came away from Brunton Park with a 2-0 win.

    • Last time we met...

  • Can’t make it to The Lamex?

Live match commentary will be available for this game so make sure you subscribe to the new Stevenage iFollow service. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction.

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